CIL Introduces 2015-2016 Executive Leadership Fellows

Each academic year the Center for Integrative Leadership invites a small number of highly accomplished leaders from the private sector, academia, government and the non-profit sector to join us as Executive Leadership Fellows. Fellows bring their experience and expertise to contribute to the life of the Center and the University and in turn benefit from being a part of the University community. CIL is proud to welcome this year's cohort of five accomplished leaders:

Patrick Coleman - Senior Curator, Minnesota Historical Society
Beth Fagin - Senior Director of Pediatric Therapies for St David’s Center for Children and Family Development
Allen Levine - Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota
Scott Peterson - Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, The Schwan Food Company
Dianna Shandy - Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College

CIL Fellows undertake a specific project that draws on University faculty, staff, student or library resources to build capacity or address an issue that requires integrative leadership. Click here for additional information on our Executive Leadership Fellows.

Welcoming Refugees to Minnesota
The Linking Communities Project (TLC)

Minnesota is well-known as a welcoming place for refugees -- both locally and internationally. “Refugees not only know that Minnesota is a good place to live, but they often arrive in Minnesota already knowing what neighborhood they want to live in and what health insurance they want,” said Rachele King, Minnesota State Refugee Coordinator for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHS) at the Minnesota Statewide Meeting on Creating Welcome for Refugees. This launch of the Minnesota Chapter of The Linking Communities (TLC) Project was hosted by HIAS with the support of CIL at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and included nearly 100 professionals and students. Collectively, participants represented 35 different organizations, agencies, institutions, and governmental bodies engaged in refugee resettlement work or studies. Among the presenters were 5th Congressional District Representative Keith Ellison, Madeline Lohman and Michele McKenzie of The Advocates for Human Rights, as well as the Humphrey School’s own Dean Eric Schwartz, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

While refugees have been coming to Minnesota for many years, the geography of resettlement is changing. New economic and social push and pull factors are leading refugees to resettle in smaller communities in Minnesota that have not received newcomers for many years. In some cases, these rapidly changing local demographics have led to questions about the costs of resettlement and concerns about the potential impact that culturally different newcomers can have on a community’s established way of life.

To respond proactively to anti-refugee sentiments, HIAS and key partners in refugee resettlement have created The Linking Communities (TLC) Project: Creating Welcome for Refugees. This project creates opportunities for local groups to apply for funding in support of creative community-based initiatives to increase awareness and encourage changes in opinion about refugees, highlighting the benefits that newcomers bring to U.S. communities. Since its launch in 2013, TLC projects have been funded and implemented in communities of Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Texas. In its third year (2015-16), TLC projects are to be funded in communities of Minnesota. 

Bryson, Crosby and Bloomberg Release New Book

CIL Steering Committee members John Bryson, Barbara Crosby and Laura Bloomberg's new book Public Value and Public Administration was released this fall by publisher Georgetown University Press. This new volume brings together key experts in the field to offer unique, wide-ranging answers to questions about public value. From the United States, Europe, and Australia, the contributors focus on the creation, meaning, measurement, and assessment of public value in a world where government, nonprofit organizations, business, and citizens all have roles in the public sphere. In so doing, they demonstrate the intimate link between ideas of public value and public values and the ways scholars theorize and measure them.

Earlier in the year John, Barbara and Laura’s book Creating Public Value in Practice was published by CRC Press / Taylor and Francis. That book brought together another groups of experts to show how public value might be created (or not) in practice.

In addition to the books John Bryson and Barbara Crosby are teaching a new course this fall called Creating Public Value at the Humphrey School. The book and course stem from a major international conference on the subject hosted by the Center for Integrative Leadership in the fall of 2012.

Student Initiatives

Collaborative Community Engagement
CHANCE (Cedar Humphrey Augsburg Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement)

The Center for Integrative Leadership seeks to foster and support student understanding of collaborative community engagement. Through involvement with CHANCE, graduate students learn first-hand about fostering collective action across boundaries, and that difficult contemporary challenges cannot be solved by any one sector alone. Through a monthly CHANCE forum, students aim to bring people together to achieve shared goals in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and advance a common purpose.

Two meetings have been held at The Common Table since the beginning of the Academic Year.  In the September meeting, the Director of the West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC), Mr. Mohamed Mohamed, provided an overview of the WBCC and Cedar Riverside neighborhood. In addition to inviting students to a block party to learn about the neighborhood, Mohamed shared that the WBCC would be reaching out to residents to inform a new area plan. CHANCE students have assisted the WBCC with these efforts in the past to define planning priorities raised by those who live, work, and study in the neighborhood. Center for Integrative Leadership Associate Director, Merrie Benasutti, was quoted in the MN Daily on Thursday, October 8 regarding the WBCC's efforts to survey neighborhood needs.

October’s CHANCE forum featured Mr. Abdirahman Mukhtar, Youth Program Manager for the Brian Coyle Center. Mr. Mukhtar spoke about challenges facing Somali and East African youth that live and play in Cedar Riverside, and the important work that the Brian Coyle Center does to provide programs that make a difference. The Brian Coyle Center is a critical hub for youth programming, social services, resettlement assistance, adult education, recreation, and civic engagement for Somali and East African communities of the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area, and it lies less than half a mile from the doors of the University of Minnesota on the West Bank.

A full schedule of CHANCE meetings can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Multi-Cultural Dinner

Thursday, November 12 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Brian Coyle Center Gym (420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454)

Join Pillsbury United Communities and the Brian Coyle Center for the annual Multi-Cultural Dinner. Come share stories and east tasty food from all corners of the world. Everyone including local nonprofits and residents that live, work and plays in the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood will be there! The event is free and no registration is necessary.

What We're Reading

This New York Times article highlights a new campaign called, XQ: The Super School Project meant to inspire teams of educators and students, as well as leaders from other sectors, to come up with new plans for high schools.

The Forbes article, “We Don't Need The Best People, We Need The Best Teams” suggests having the “smartest guys in the room” won’t do you much good if they can’t work with others effectively. We need to rethink how we approach talent.

How does tiny Xavier University in New Orleans manage to send more African-American students to medical school than any other college in the country? This New York Times article, “A Prescription for Black Doctors” tells the story.